July 2021

The Panoply acquires Digital Services agency Nudge Digital

ABOUT THE PANOPLY GROUP

The Panoply is a world-class creative technology group, assembled for innovation. Configured as a lean, fluid and ego-free family of complementary tech-focused companies, they collaborate with brave organisations to ensure their participation in tomorrow, and beyond. The Panoply floated on the AIM index of the London Stock Exchange in December 2018, creating a group of digitally-native technology services companies assembled to meet the needs of the fourth industrial revolution.

 

ABOUT NUDGE DIGITAL

Nudge Digital is a digital services agency which delivers strategy-led services primarily to the pharmaceutical industry, health sector and, more recently, to local authorities, with a particular focus around care pathways.

Founded in 2006 by CEO Luke Aikman, Nudge provides strategic consultancy and digital execution on mission-critical services, from global pharmaceutical projects to the software underpinning social housing and social care. Since its founding, Nudge has built up a strong client base including major pharmaceutical companies Roche and Galderma, private healthcare provider Bupa as well as the Greater London Authority, Hackney and Westminster councils.

 

ABOUT THE DEAL

The Acquisition is strategically important to The Panoply and strengthens its overall position in healthcare and, importantly, provides an entry into the pharmaceutical industry at a time when the NHS is looking at precision medicine, risk stratification and data-driven personalised care plans for patients.

Nudge has achieved significant revenue growth over the last two years of 151% and delivered revenues of £2.7m, adjusted EBITDA of £1.0m and adjusted profit after tax of £0.9m for the year ended 31 March 2021 (all unaudited). Nudge enters the group with a booked backlog of £2.5m for FY22.

The Panoply is paying a total consideration of £5.0m with £1.75m being satisfied in cash and £3.25m by the issue of new ordinary shares.

 

OUR WORK

We acted as financial adviser to The Panoply on their acquisition of Nudge Digital.

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We’re delighted to welcome Nudge to the Group at a time when the NHS is considering its approach to personalised healthcare and care pathways are coming into sharp focus as the government looks to deliver on its social care reform agenda.

Pulling together Nudge’s experience in private healthcare and pharmaceuticals with the Group’s existing experience across the NHS and local authority adult social care gives us a strong base to become a leader in the healthcare sector in the UK.

Neal Gandhi, Chief Executive Officer of The Panoply

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